Short term rentals in the UK

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
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short term rentalsDo you dream of your summer holiday for months in advance? Do you find yourself counting down the days and mentally packing then repacking your suitcase? If you work for 'the man' – and directly or indirectly, we all work for that guy – your annual holidays will likely be limited. You get your six weeks (a maximum of two weeks at a time) and when they're done, they're done. Back to work with nary a word of complaint.

It's no wonder so many of us dream of our holiday from the moment we put down the deposit. Months of waiting, months of anticipation and then it's over, gone in a blur of sun cream and sangria. Oh well, just another six months till your next one, right? Not necessarily. If your job or your finances won't facilitate week-long holidays at the drop of a sunhat, no problem: you can still get your kicks, culture and degrees celsius in smaller increments – a weekend here, a three-day Bank Holiday there. Cut out the airport queues by starting with the UK, whose best attractions, beaches and nightlife can be experienced via a series of short term rentals. With just a couple of days to check out each region, you'll feel compelled to cram in as much as possible.

It's amazing what can be achieved in 48 hours when you put your mind to it.


Brief holidays in beautiful Britain


Short term rentals in Newquay Short term rentals in Newquay

Newquay is Cornwall's family-friendly, couple-friendly, just all-round-friendly resort town. It's a place where you can party hard or walk hard; surf the waves or sail them. The salt air is bracing, the beaches are clean and the weather is generally pretty darn good. So what's to see and do during a short break in Newquay?

The town hosts a packed schedule of events through the year, so time your visit right and you could arrive in time to catch a surfing competition on Fistral Beach or a bunch of skate punk bands at the Relentless Boardmasters Festival. If you're more interested in what swims in the sea rather than what surfs on it, Newquay also hosts a fish festival, though perhaps a better way to get acquainted with the catch of the day would be by stopping for a traditional supper of fish and chips – locally landed, freshly battered – in one of the beachfront cafés. Away from the shore, the town has a diverse and bustling high street comprised of surf shops, fashion boutiques and craft shops. Got a few hours to spare? There's still time to go diving, mountain biking or – if all else fails – pubbing. Hey, it's your (short) holiday; it can be as intense or as lazy as you like.

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Short term rentals in Aberdeenshire Short term rentals in Aberdeenshire

While the Scottish Highlands and the Scottish capital attract tourists in their droves, the north-east of Scotland sees little action. It's a shame, because a whirlwind break in Aberdeenshire has the potential to be the greatest Scottish holiday of your life – short term or otherwise. If you've only got a weekend to spare, try this for a sample itinerary: fly into Aberdeen on Friday night, check into your city centre holiday apartment, head straight to Belmont Street and quench your thirst in a couple of pubs. Afterwards, hit up Soul Bar for dinner and more drinks, followed by a short trip upstairs to Soul Casino for a game of blackjack.

Saturday morning is taken up by 18 holes at Trump International, on the beautiful links course at Balmedie, followed by lunch at the award-winning Cock & Bull gastropub. Saturday afternoon is all about shopping at Union Square or browsing the fascinating art gallery at Schoolhill, depending on whether you prefer culture or clothes. For Saturday night, try booking a table at the Silver Darling seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour, where you can watch the supply vessels dock as you enjoy the seafood plucked straight from the North Sea. There's all sorts of things happening in Aberdeenshire – and that's just your proposed itinerary for the first 24 hours...

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Short term rentals in York Short term rentals in York

York is a beautiful old city, one that will comfortably occupy a short break without the need to plan anything. Just take a stroll through the winding streets and the rest will take care of itself. York is a genuinely romantic place. It's a genuinely historic place. Whatever barometer you adopt as measurement of realness, York is the real deal. The Romans loved this city, a sentiment that has been echoed by every subsequent civilisation to have made North Yorkshire its home.

Attractions, to rattle off a few, include JORKVIK, the National Railway Museum and of course the majestic York Minster, a beacon that lures tourists and pilgrims and a fulcrum that controls the city. Glance up, wherever you are, and it's there, imperious, a silent guardian watching over its subjects, just as it has done for centuries. As a wise man once said, "First we shape our buildings. Then they shape us."

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Short term rentals in Snowdonia Short term rentals in Snowdonia

Wales' grand National Park is a mecca for hikers, birdwatchers, mountain bikers, kayakers and anyone else possessed with a love of the outdoors. If you're spending a couple of days here, you're going to have some tough decisions to make: do you dedicate a day to sports followed by a day of leisure, go all out and attempt to scale Snowdonia on your first day, or just admire its snow-capped peak from the comfort of a cosy pub?

There's a slate mine to explore near Betws y Coed, a ridiculously good Welsh food shop in Conwy Valley (organic veg; cheeses; mountain lamb), horse riding stables and forest parks. Love watersports? Head to Llyn Gwyant, where the scenery is spectacular and the back story is that Tombraider II (that classic movie) was filmed here. Snowdonia is whatever you choose to make it. Make it amazing.

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Short term rentals in Scottish Borders Short term rentals in Scottish Borders

If you've never visited Scotland save for a boozy stag weekend in Edinburgh, it's high time you redressed that. The Scottish Borders are beautiful and easy to reach, ideal when you've only a weekend at your disposal. The land of Sir Walter Scott is characterised by rolling hills, sleepy towns, clustered coastal villages and craggy points. The salmon fishing in this part of Scotland is excellent; even if your fly fails to dip below the surface, the solitude and the scenery will ensure your day is well spent.

If you live for adrenaline rather than picturesque countryside, hire mountain bikes and heads to 7stanes, where some of Scotland's best trails are to be found. The woodland here is beautiful, even if you'll be going too fast to notice. On your last day, try to fit in a round of golf followed by lunch in the peaceful town of Hawick.

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UK Short Term Holiday Rentals

Royal William Yard Is A 'World Class Development'

The Royal William Yard is a 'world class development... located on an outstanding waterfront site on Plymouth Sound… with one of the finest collections of maritime buildings... Sir John Rennies great limestone and granite buildings developed with ...

Large Self Catering Cottage | Bennar Beach Dyffryn Ardudwy

Pastel painted garden furniture sits on a manicured lawn. Shaded from the midday sun by a clematis, hanging heavily on a nearby trellis. The borders are full of flowers and a noisy finch twitters angrily as I try to photograph it all for the websi...

Half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands...

Yew Tree Cottage, just half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands, South Devon is a most attractive period stone holiday cottage, tucked away in a quiet corner of this charming old village, in the shadow of the local church and close to the G...

An ideal spot for two...

Set in six acres in a beautiful sheltered valley this ancient farmstead is now a small group of charming cottages that hug the side of a gentle slope extending down to the tidal creek of Goodshelter. Here you can wander through the apple orch...

Fabulous house in an area of outstanding natural beauty...

Morwenna is an immaculate, spacious, bright and extremely comfortable detached house situated in a totally unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty in the hamlet of Welcombe, a scattered farming community close to the coast on the Devon/Co...

Beautiful house with estuary views...

Marine Cottage, a handsome and exceedingly comfortable, detached family town house, is situated in a quiet part of the town, 500 yards up from the old part of Salcombe. Gleaming polished pine floors, attractive rugs, superb bed linen, fine so...

Tastefully decorated first floor accommodation...

Buckland Court is located in delightful South Hams countryside 1.5 miles from the historic village of Slapton, with its world famous nature reserve, 3 mile beach and excellent real ale pubs. Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are within 15 minutes dri...

Short walk to the beach...

Little Gem is just as it sounds - a snug, contemporary and beautifully presented apartment, which is located in a small development beside the sea. The coastal village of Downderry, an award winning restaurant as well as a lengthy beach are a...

Pet friendly and central to Pembrokeshire's stunning beaches

A delightful Pembrokeshire Cottage only 3 miles from Newgale Beach. Centrally located it is the perfect base for your holiday. Ideal for families, couples or small groups to make the most of the activities and attractions in the area. Ground floo...

Award winning, pet friendly 18th century stone cottage.Fabulous views of Snowdon

Self catering Anglesey cottage set in 7 acres of quiet, peaceful surroundings with panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountains. This pet-friendly Anglesey holiday cottage was originally an 18th century stable on the grounds of the owners’ home – th...

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